Flash flood fear still in haors despite rain shifts to south

Staff Correspondent | Published: 22:39, Apr 25,2020


The Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre on Saturday updated its flash flood outlook with the possibility of flash floods in Sylhet, Moulvibazar and Habiganj over the next seven days. 

The latest flash flood outlook predicted that Kushiyara, Manu and Khowai rivers might rapidly swell and trigger sudden floods in the three north-eastern districts by May 1 because of heavy rains.

‘Rain is gradually shifting towards southern Bangladesh but still the possibility of flash floods in parts of the haor region stands,’ FFWC executive engineer Arifuzzaman Bhuiyan told New Age.

‘The shift of rain is a good news for farmers for they will get more time to harvest their boro crop,’ he said.

The FFWC outlook however said that at least a dozen major rivers in the haor region would continue to swell because of rains inside Bangladesh and in Assam and Meghalaya and Tripura in India over the forecast period.

The areas could receive up to 260mm of rain over the next six days till April 30, said the FFWC.

In the previous flash flood outlook the FFWC predicted that Jadukata, Sarigowain, Manu and Khowai rivers might flood their banks between April 23 and 24.

The sudden shift in rain forecast brings hope for famers in the haor who were harvesting there boro rice.

The Department of Agricultural Extension earlier said that most of the ripened boro rice would be reaped by the end of April if flash flood had not destroyed them.

The haor region accounts for nearly a fifth of the country’s rice production grown in more than 4.50 hectares land in the seven south-eastern districts.

Half the boro grown in the haor gets harvested in April while the other half is reaped in May.

A Met Office bulletin predicted light to moderate rains at many places in Chattogram, Khulna and Barishal divisions and few places in the Dhaka division until 9:00am Sunday.

The highest rainfall of 83 mm in the 24 hours until 9:00am Saturday was recorded at Maizdi Court, said the Met Office bulletin.

The Indian Met Office predicted widespread to fairly widespread rains in Assam and Meghalaya and West Bengal and Sikkim until Wednesday.

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